That hot summer sun has you reaching for the sprinkler. But before you can turn the hose on, your water babies are begging to hit the sprayground. Because even the coolest sprinklers can’t compete with the cannons, dump buckets and spray nozzles they’ll find there. Wanna know what other awesome splash pads features are out there? Flip through to find our faves from coast to coast.

Pirates Cove – Lorton, Va

One of a few Nova water parks in the general D.C. area, this pirate themed playground is all the rage with landlubbers of any age. While it doesn’t have a plank to walk, it’s still got plenty of ways for your mini matey to get drenched, doused and sprayed on a sunny summer day. The 300-gallon dump bucket is a good place to start for the bravest souls. Then it’s on to the two water slides for some thrilling twists and turns before spending time climbing on the pirate-themed play structure that’s the centerpiece of this water wonderland. And we love that tots have their own wading area, complete with a clamshell slide. “X” marks the spot of this treasure!

Online: novaparks.com/pirates-cove-waterpark

photo: Heather B. via yelp

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– Allison Sutcliffe, Gabby Cullen & Abigail Matsumoto with Kristina Moy, Maria Chambers, Meghan Rose and Ayren Jackson-Cannady